Category Deaf Issues

Attitude Can Make It or Break It When It Comes to Accessibility

This past year, I had a rough time with accommodations in the classroom due to people’s attitudes. For example, one of my professors was disrespectful towards me regarding my hearing loss and often made rude remarks when I gave him my F.M system, reducing me to tears on some occasions. It started about three weeks into the semester. […]

The Depressed Deaf

Originally posted on Breaking the Sound Barrier:
January 28 was Mental Health Day. Many people around the world suffer from various mental health disorders, like schizophrenia, anxiety or depression. I suffer from occasional periods of anxiety and depression, and the fifteen months post surgery was definitely difficult for me. I re-read my earlier posts from…

Don’t Die a Copy

Originally posted on Can You Hear Me Now?:
I love the holidays.  The crisp, crystal clear mornings, the holiday songs on the radio and in the stores, the anticipation of spending time with family, the chance to wear my kitty hat again . . . I love this hat 🙂 Of course, the holidays usually…

My Experiences with Ignorance and Audism (Discrimination Against the Deaf)

Audism refers to the belief that the ability to speak and hear makes a person superior. It also refers to discrimination towards deaf people. I’ve been lucky enough not to have experienced a whole lot of audism so far but it has happened time to time. Ignorance, on the other hand, I’ve faced a lot. […]

WATCH: Tips for Communicating with People with Hearing Loss

There is a deaf awareness campaign in the UK called “Look, Smile and Chat” which attempts to minimize the social isolation experienced by deaf teenagers. According to statistics, 3 out of 4 people, who have never met a deaf person before, report not having a clue on how to communicate with them. Talking from experience, […]

Mental Fatigue: One of the Many Challenges of Hearing Loss

The other day, my friend sent me a link to a post which described something I always experience when trying to keep up in social situations or when trying to understand what is going on around me: mental fatigue. The person who wrote the post is profoundly deaf himself and the way he describes it, I think, pretty […]